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Wim Hof – Dream-Inc.eu

Wim Hof about overcoming 

Depression, Anxiety and PTSD

“That’s what I have always felt. Talking about your problems does nothing for you, only brings them more to the surface. I tried Wim’s method and the 1st time, on the 3rd round, spontaneous memories were triggered in my mind. Guess which ones? The ones of abuse that generated trauma in me. His method must become part of our daily lives. We put by Joe: it is stressful being a human being, imagine a being depressed, loading on drugs, over weight, broke, traumatized, hopeless..Boy, it is time to change people’s fate in general.” 

Eduarda Marques

Wim Hof 

(born 20 April 1959), also known as The Iceman, is a Dutch extreme athlete noted for his ability to withstand freezing temperatures. He has set Guinness world records for swimming under ice and prolonged full-body contact with ice, and still holds the record for a barefoot half-marathon on ice and snow. He attributes these feats to his Wim Hof Method (WHM), a combination of frequent cold exposure, breathing techniques and meditation.

Due to his remarkable abilities, Hof has been the subject of several scientific studies. Hof is also the subject of The New York Times bestselling book What Doesn’t Kill Us, which tells the story of how the investigative journalist Scott Carney took an assignment supposedly to debunk the WHM but ended up learning Hof’s techniques.

Wim Hof Method

Wim Hof markets a regimen, the Wim Hof Method (WHM), created alongside his brother Marcel Hof. The method involves three “pillars”: cold therapy, breathing and meditation. It has similarities to Tibetan Tummo meditation and pranayama, both of which employ breathing techniques. Another method it can be compared to is Russian Systema, particularly of the Ryabko/Vasiliev lineage,and more generally to the Russian health system known as Detka founded by Russian mystic Porfiry Ivanov.

Breathing

There are many variations of the breathing method. The basic version consists of three phases as follows:

  1. Controlled hyperventilation: The first phase involves 30 cycles of breathing. Each cycle goes as follows: take a powerful breath in, fully filling the lungs. Breathe out by passively releasing the breath, but not forcefully. Repeat this cycle at a steady pace thirty times. Hof says that this form of hyperventilation may lead to tingling sensations or light-headedness.
  2. Exhalation: After completion of the 30 cycles of controlled hyperventilation, take another deep breath in, and let it out completely. Hold the breath (with lungs empty) for as long as possible.
  3. Breath retention: When strong urges to breathe occur, take a full deep breath in. Hold the breath for around 15 – 20 seconds and let it go. The body may experience a normal head-rush sensation.

These three phases may be repeated for three consecutive rounds.